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Wednesday 19 June 2024

18:30pm - 20:00pm

STEAMhouse, Belmont Works, Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7RQ

Join us for a conversation with designer Gareth Neal in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse*.

Building from a simple invitation to think through what making means to him, Gareth will talk about digital crafting, perfection and imperfection, teaching a robot to crochet, and whether the hand always needs to be present in the digital handmade.

This is the latest in a series of events with leading artists, designers and makers held in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse and has been developed through a collaboration with Eastside Projects. The programme aims to open out new thinking and develop collective conversations around approaches to making.

About Gareth

Gareth Neal is an East London-based furniture designer who, through material inventiveness and curiosity, has helped to shape a new era in contemporary British craft. Gareth is passionate about honouring people, process and place, working collaboratively to champion the use of indigenous materials and traditional processes. Gareth’s studio produces a variety of furniture pieces including seating, cabinetry and sculptural artworks, all with a focus on sustainability and respect to the environment.

As a hands-on designer and maker, he is fascinated by processes, whether that be with traditional tools or the latest computer-controlled technology. This, combined with in-depth knowledge of historical techniques and aesthetics, gives his designs rich narratives and contextual reference points, while continually testing the limits of craft and design.

Find out more about Gareth HERE


*Please note this event has been rescheduled from 8 May.


STEAMhouse Forward is fully-funded by the UK government through the UKSPF (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) supporting Birmingham & Solihull businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow.  The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local initiatives by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit Application forms are now open to all Birmingham and Solihull businesses to innovation, collaborate and grow via this link


Birmingham City University’s (BCU) STEAMhouse also proudly offers funded memberships to local digital SMEs through the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme called Digital Direction. This collaboration aims to fuel growth and innovation within the region for digital industry by providing exclusive access to resources, events, and mentoring opportunities.

Successful applicants gain entry to STEAMhouse’s Digital Labs, equipped with cutting-edge technology and business and industry mentors to facilitate hands-on experimentation and skill development. Supported by Barclays Eagle Labs, the Digital Direction initiative fosters a collaborative environment, driving digital innovation and creating valuable opportunities for local entrepreneurs and graduates. Find out about applying for Digital Direction via this link